Gagnier built the Cyclone men’s gymnastics program from scratch beginning in 1963. He became one of the nation’s most decorated gymnastics coaches during his 22-year tenure. Three times he was selected as national coach of the year. His 1971, 1973 and 1974 teams won NCAA Championships, while 10 of his squads captured Big Eight Conference titles. Gagnier’s gymnasts won 16 individual NCAA titles, 71 Big Eight Conference events and earned All-America honors 53 times.